As a police officer and military veteran, I have carried a firearm professionally for all of my adult life. I have also carried a concealed weapon, both as an on duty back-up and while off duty, almost as long. During all that time there is one problem I have struggled with year in and year out, regardless of what firearm I have used – choosing a holster.

King Tuk HolsterI have lost track of the various holsters I have tried, and usually discarded, over the years. A couple of years ago I started carrying a Glock 27, and I usually carry it in an ankle rig. This allows me to carry in the same place and with the same rig regardless of whether I am on duty, carrying as a backup, or off duty for personal protection. For the majority of the year this is a viable, and often above average, option. However, I am still faced with the question of what to do during the summer months when I may be wearing shorts and t-shirts.

The obvious choice would be an Inside the Waist Band, or IWB, which would allow for a low profile and easily covered option. Problem is I found it nearly impossible to find an IWB model that worked for me. One nylon model was so flimsy I was sure it would collapse on itself so tight that if I ever drew my weapon I would need to take my pants off to re-holster. A kydex design was strong enough and showed no sign of collapsing, but felt like I had a brick strapped to my belt. Time and again I would find a new design, read the reviews and even talk to other officers who owned it, only to wear it a few times before putting it in the drawer with all the other misfit holsters.

This spring I saw a Galco King Tuk a co-worker had ordered and decided to give it one more try. I have to admit I did not have very high hopes. I had read the reviews and they were overwhelmingly positive, but I had heard that more than once before. I imagined leather rubbing my skin raw and kydex pinching like a pair of pliers. I envisioned the metal belt clips giving way and allowing the entire rig to rise free and fall onto the floor as I strolled on the boardwalk with the family.

By the time it finally arrived I had already mentally made space for it in “the drawer.” But, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised from the very first time I wore it. The high quality leather backing provided a solid platform for the kydex pocket, yet allowed for a smooth and comfortable surface against even bare skin. The kydex pocket itself is solid and provides for smooth draws and hassle free re-holstering. Finally, the steel clips allow for a stable, low profile attachment to belts up to 1 3/4”. The additional design feature that allows you to wear your shirt in a natural looking, tucked-in manner is a bonus that is often unthought-of until you find yourself in a more formal setting, or simply do not feel like resembling a beach bum.

Although the King Tuk is slightly more expensive than many concealed carry holsters, it is a Galco – a company known for producing quality holsters designed for years of service. Plus, should you find that the holster is not 100% to your liking, even if you decide it simply does not work for you, Galco offers a hassle free return/exchange policy.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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